Review: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988/PG)

In the 80s director Robert Zemeckis was the king of making special effects in movies a bold new seemless form (saddly the 1997 film Contact is when shark was thourghly jumped.) But long before that movie there was masterpeice, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. While the 1946 film Song of the South did live action with animation first, but it was limited, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the first that blended it for the whole movie. Why we love this film so much is that there is no CGI, every effect is optical, which is always a far superior visual effect then digital will ever be. We also credit producer Steven Speilberg for his ability to convince rival studios to lend their cartoon characters, it gives toon town as a whole a total level of creditbity and believably. Even more amazing is that Woody Woodpecker is in the film and he’s a Universal property. Today we think that never happen as Disney and Universal are such bitter rivals in the theme park world. In the end what is left to say, it’s one of the greatest films of the 80s and still holds up perfectly today.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 5.8 out of 5.9  


Review: Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992/PG-13)

So you have Sylvester Stallone as tough LA cop and Estlle Getty as kindly but well meaning mother from Newark, NJ, put them together what could go wrong? Ummmmm well let’s talk about that, shall we? Look this film is bad, just plain bad. Normally bad movies are fun to watch like The Wiz, Problem Child 2, or Mommie Dearest. Stop or my mom will shoot, is a text book example of story, casting, and all around execution of material coming together in such a spectacular miss fire it’s like seeing red sniff it in Super Mario Bros 2 (FYI that’s would be seen in world 3-3.) We think what is most amazing about this film is that it made 40 million in profit at the box office in 1992 dollars, and that the director went on to helm a James Bond film. Look we’re not telling you to see this film, but if you have an appetite for seeing what happens when Hollywood does a major belly flop, it is without a doubt an educational tool.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 2.3 out of 5.9

Review : Last Action Hero (1993/PG-13)

If there ever was a textbook case for bad release date, this is the film. So right off the bat it opened one week after Jurassic Park (honestly we think The Lost World was better) and it was on fast track in post production. First off the release date should have been July 16th, 1993. That was a month after Jurassic Park and July 1993 was light on action/comedy films. This would have alowed for cleaner and more relaxed post production and still avoided what would have back then be the August dumping ground (that’s now January – April.) But beyond a bad release date why does this film get a bum wrap? We think this film was ahead of its time for 1993, it was to inside jokes and to meta. Now thanks to the Internet and critic/comedians this movie is basically a commentary on every late 80s early 90s action film. Yes the plot is cheesey and hackneyed but what action film plot of that era wasn’t? The kid transported into the movie is basically able to know what’s comming because even more today movies and to a greater extent hour long TV dramas all follow the same tired formula. The switch to the real world at the end is the perfect juxtaposition to how corny and cliched the movie world is. Bottom line this isn’t greatest film ever made but it’s a great commentary on action films of the era.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 4.8 out of 5.9

Bad Commercial Bashing Bandwagon: Nissan’s Super Bowl XLIX Ad

At E-Mod 116 Online we view ourselves as usually the lone voice in the world of pop culture that screams “The Emperor has no clothes.” However for once when it comes to sonething totally hated, this time we’re not alone. First lets get it out of the way, Nissan is  company who has shit warranties for thier vehicles, and hasn’t made a car that anyone would be excited to buy since 1998! There we said it, now on to why we’re here, the goddamn abortion of an ad, the Super Bowl XLXI commercial. Cue the song Cat’s In The Cradle and look it’s a couple having a baby, oh wait the father has leave, he’s a big important race car driver. Fifteen more seconds of horse shit play while they are banging you over the head he’s an absentee father. Oh by the way notice no mention that the commercial is trying to sell Nissan. In fact this negative review has done more to sell Nissan, and it didn’t cost anyone $2.5 fucking million dollars! Honestly lets just fast forward here, because he’s an asshole absentee father race car driver (one is not nessesarly related to the other) he wrecks his car, while wife is watching on TV, because yeah your not at the race why, and bullshit it’s because the kid has to stay home, most professional drivers have RVs for that instance. Look bottom line as were already turned off enough by this, the kid grows up to be a race car driver, but the ad has manipulated your emotions so much, you rather drive to a Nissan dealership, yell at them for this stupid commercial then drive down the street and buy a Kia.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 this commercial got at 1.0 out of 5.9